Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum Review
Vitamin C is heralded for its lightening and brightening properties so its a pretty big deal in skincare. Fading old acne scars and general pigmentation is one of my biggest skin concerns so it's no wonder that I invested in this little guy in an attempt to achieve an even skin tone. I wasn't disappointed!
- A lower % of concentrated Vitamin C (5%).
- Smells a bit funky but it does fade when you put it on.
- A light consistency that doesn't sit on your skin.
- Suited for those who have not used Vitamin C before.
- Affordable compared to other Vitamin C products.
- Can be used on sensitive skin.
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum is a concentrated from of Vitamin C, a vitamin that is known for brightening up your skin tone. You may have heard of homemade masks that use lemon juice to help reduce scarring. That method is a little harsh, especially if you have never used concentrated Vitamin C before, and it is generally safer to use a product that has an appropriate percentage to be safely used on your skin. This serum contains 5% Ascorbic Acid, making it a very safe application of what can be a harsh substance. It also contains Centella Asiatica Extract which is amazing at promoting the healing of your skin.
The serum comes in a very pretty holographic box, while the bottle itself is a dropper bottle that comes in a 35ml bottle. The problem with many Vitamin C products, is that they are highly unstable and can go off very quickly if they are exposed to the sun. As a result, most Vitamin C products come in dark bottles. Klairs, however have introduced hybrid stabilisation technology to help keep the serum fresher for longer. This means that they can have a super cute bottle, but also reduce the risk of it expiring too quickly. It is suggested that you put the bottle in the fridge to help preserve it.
The product claims to use naturally effective ingredients (more on that below) to energise and rejuvenate your skin whilst helping deal with dark spots, pigmentation and general acne scars. I've used a similar product from Kiehls before (and paid almost 3x the price) and I found this to work faster and more effectively! The only similarity the Klairs Vitamin Drop has to my Kiehls concentrate is the packaging- Klairs trumps it in every day.
- I recommend this product to those who struggle with acne scarring and have not tried a Vitamin C concentrated product before. The Klairs Vitamin Drop is a perfect introduction for your skin, which reduces the chances of burning/ having a reaction to it (and so is suitable for sensitive skin).
HOW TO USE:
- Suggested to use at night as it makes your skin more vulnerable to the sun.
- After your toner, squeeze half of the dropper onto your finger.
- Gently pat the liquid onto your face, concentrating on problem areas.
- Leave for a few minutes before continuing with routine.
Make sure to store in a place that will not be reached by sunlight.
I'll start off by saying that I am a pretty big fan of the Klairs Vitamin Drop. Other than the fact that it smells like cocktail onions (which I love eating, so could be worse) it is a really pleasant liquid to apply. The consistency of the liquid is surprisingly light and a little bit oily. The oily consistency of this serum is actually reminiscent of a facial oil. The fact that the consistency is a little oily isn't necessarily a bad thing because it means that application is a breeze. There is little work involved in applying this serum to your face, and the oil factor means that a little goes a long way. If you do hate oil on your face (like I do), it's nothing to worry about as it sinks into your skin very quickly. I use this serum at night-time because Vitamin C can make your skin photosensitive which just means that your skin is more vulnerable to burning if you are out in the sun. The sun is your worst enemy when it comes to fading acne scars (the UVA rays actually darken your spots) so its imperative that you apply sunscreen every morning when using this product. If you're a little unsure about SPF, I've dedicated a whole post to the topic which you can read here.
In terms of this products effectiveness, I have noticed a definite change in my skin. I have never used a concentrated Vitamin C serum before, so for the safety of my skin, I went with this product (and recommend doing the same if you haven't either) and am very pleased! Because it is a low percentage, I went in knowing that this wasn't going to be an instant miracle cure. However, I was pretty darn surprised when I started using this serum every night rather than every few days. Since I've been using my 23 Years Old Badecasil Cream (review here) and the COSRX 96 Snail Mucin, I have seen a slow but consistent change in my skin tone. That brightening was accelerated when I started using the Klairs Freshly Juiced Drop at the same time. In the past few weeks my redness has noticeably reduced and that has made using bb cream work on my skin *that* much better. I'm all round pretty stoked with this product- especially when I started using it seriously. This serum has made my skin look healthier, has given it a glow and really helped fade my scarring and blemishes. I think what might set this Vitamin C serum apart from the others in the general health of your skin lies in the ingredients that are used concurrently with Vitamin C which I discuss below.
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum is very affordable, retailing at 35NZD and 23USD. Considering you only need to use half a dropper of liquid each time, this product has the ability to last you a pretty long time- it is more likely to expire than you run out. The low percentage of this serum makes it difficult to compare to other Vitamin C serums (i.e. Wishtrend's 21.5 serum which has 21.5% Vitamin C and retails for 50NZD and 40USD). However, if you have never used a product with concentrated Vitamin C then this product is perfect in terms of both it's percentage as well as price.
INGREDIENTS: WHY THEY'RE THERE AND WHAT THEY DO.
The most important ingredient (and the one that gives this Klairs serum its name) is Ascorbic Acid. Ascorbic Acid is a derivative of concentrated Vitamin C and has the most skin-related research of any form of Vitamin C. The only problem with using Vitamin C in skincare is that it is highly unstable when exposed to light. Klairs, however sussed this out pretty fast by using Ascorbic Acid (a more stable derivative) to help keep your serum fresher for longer. Vitamin C has potent antioxidant benefits that do a number of amazing things for your skin. This can include helping to even out your skin tone, improving hydration, revitalising your skins surface and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Basically, it is a wonder serum for anyone that suffers with dark spots, sunspots, acne scarring and any general pigmentation! The Klairs Vitamin Drop only contains 5% Ascorbic Acid, which is on the lower side but this doesn't mean that it doesn't achieve results. Higher concentrations of Vitamin C can help target specific skin concerns but a lower percentage does a fab job of also making your skin look better overall.
You might be surprised to see that an ingredient called Propylene Glycol is before the Vitamin C concentrate in this drop. I was too. However, after I looked into it I found that Propylene Glycol is used to enhance an ingredients ability to penetrate the skin. If you are trying to reduce scarring then you are going to want your Vitamin C to soak into your skin as much as possible and this is where Propylene Glycol comes in. It also has the traits of a humectant which means that it is able to absorb and help the skin maintain moisture.
The next most important ingredient is Centella Asiatica Extract which you may have heard of before. Centella is making waves in the K-Beauty world for its collagen stimulating properties i.e. younger looking skin! It is even better at healing your skin, so is often a good one to use on pimples and fresh acne scars. The reason it is a great skin healer is because it "boosts the antioxidant activity at the wound of the site, strengthening the skin and increasing blood circulation" (Kate Ryan Skincare). I've been using the Zymogen Centella Ferment Cream for months now and it is by far, one of my favourite products. I'm a big fan of Centella for its healing properties (as I've witnessed them first hand) so the combination of Centella and Vitamin C is a stellar match up for fighting pigmentation.
There are a lot of natural products in this serum, as you can see by the number of plant extracts as shown in the photo above. A few notable plant extracts include Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract (Baikal Skullcap) which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps soothe your skin, Chaenomeles Sinesis Fruit Extract (Chinese Quince fruit) that protects and nourishes your skin and Speciosum Flower Extract which is a popular ingredient used by natural skincare brands for its ability to protect injured or exposed skin.
- If you wish to look into the ingredient irritants/safety factors yourself, here is the COSDNA entry.
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better.
4.5/5: I really really really enjoy using this product and will keep using it until
I find something more effective.
5/5: Holy grail! I love this product so much. Please try it and see for yourself!!!
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